Eighteen adults and four calves killed in National Park
Posted: 03 April 2012
A total of 22 elephants in four groups were rounded up and killed in ten bloody days this March in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an incident which bore the hallmarks of a professionally organised and executed operation. Read more about this incident.
Prior to the civil war between 1996 and 2005, this massive area was home to around 11,000 elephants but this had reportedly dwindled to less than 3,900 by 2007. Estimates place the population today at somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 elephants. In 2009 Garamba suffered the loss of 164 poached elephants.
There is only one factor driving this killing - demand for ivory. Besides the illegal poached ivory, there is another source satisfying this demand: the legal kind...ANY supply encourages demand to grow and legally sanctioned ivory additionally provides a means for poached ivory to be laundered. Read more here.